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2006-06-20-21-28-18

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) lying on its side with its huge pectoral fin straight up preparing to slap it on the water on its body. This whale spent a lot of time on its side slapping it's own body, probably in an attempt to remove barnacles and parasites from its skin.
Image taken on the Wild Coast of South Africa not far from Port St Johns.
These heavily notched tail flukes can be up to 12 feet wide, and are spectacular when brought out of the water for lobtailing or just before diving.
These huge whales can be seen each year in this area in the June and July time frame in conjunction with the Sardine Run, as they migrate north from their feeding season in Antartica towards Mozambique.
These whales can grown to upwards of 52 feet and weigh as much as 50 tons. They are also responsible for majorit of the more beautiful the 'whale songs' that have become synomous with the general public.

· Date: Fri September 22, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-06-20-21-28-18 · Views: 2653 ·
Keywords: balaenopteridae baleen rorqual mysticeti cetacea marine mammal pelagic filter feeder large endangered rare pectoral fins behaviour

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